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  • Samuel Beam of Iron and Wine Talks "Kiss Each Other Clean," Album Artwork, The '80s, Nerds Candy and More

    Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:39:11

    Samuel Beam of Iron and Wine Talks "Kiss Each Other Clean," Album Artwork, The '80s, Nerds Candy and More - Iron & Wine's Samuel Beam discusses "Kiss Each Other Clean," the artistic process, album art and more with ARTISTdirect.com editor and "Dolor" author Rick Florino

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    Bearded, low-key Iron & Wine principal Samuel Beam sat down to discuss Kiss Each Other Clean, his first new album in three years, with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino. Check out our exclusive interview with the soft-spoken Beam, who talks about the river imagery that pops up on the album. He even refers to it as a "generous" image that lends itself in multiple ways. He also reveals that he worked on the song "Tree By the River" for over a decade, as the melody "was worth returning to."

    Beam says that Kiss Each Other Clean has lots of instruments on it and therefore has an epic quality, since the songs are longer and have lots of words in them. We agree with his assessment, by the way…check out Amy Sciarretto's rave review of the album here!

    The artist also speaks about the relationship between music and movies, since one of his past songs was used in Garden State, the indie comedy featuring Natalie Portman. Beam said it is fun to take part in that process and to contribute to someone else's art.

    As for his favorite things from the '80s? All good things, like Star Wars, putt putt and Nerds candies, were mentioned by Beam.

    Check out the interview below!



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    —Amy Sciarretto
    02.09.11


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